Ather Elahi

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Interested in supervising PhD research in Sustainable Finance, Financial Innovation, Alternative Investments, Risk Management, Financial Modeling, Banking Crisis, and Corporate Finance


Research activity per year

Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the University of Northampton. I have been actively involved in teaching, research and administrative activities for the last 25 years. I taught at reputable universities in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia besides monetary policy research and implementation at the State Bank of Pakistan. I hold PhD in investigations of financial fragility in banking systems. Over this long journey, I have designed, reviewed and taught more than 20 modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including the MBA executive programs. Currently, I am leading course modules on risk management and equity investment at University of Northampton. I have also contributed in training and development of civil servants and mid-career corporate professionals in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. My main teaching areas include economics, finance, accounting, banking and risk management.

I understand and give value to honesty, diversity and openness. I also encourage students and provide support towards professional qualifications including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Research Interests

Currently I am more enthusiatic about research on sustainable finance options in corporate strategies. However, I am open to ideas that can make a change or having an impact on our lives. 

Traditionally I work on corporate finance, banking, risk management and investment strategies.

Industry Connections

I worked for the State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank) in roles alligned with monetary policy formulation and financial stability of the banking system. This unique experience has enhanced my teaching with practical knowledge of monetary policy transmission mechanism and risk assessments in the banking industry.


I have co-supervised PhD thesis on "Sustainability in the domains of health, climate change and alternative energy in the era of globalization" awarded jointly by University of Karachi and Maastricht University to Mohsin Raza. I am willing to accept PhD students in Sustainable Finance, Corporate Finance, Banking Risk Management, Alternative Investments and related areas.

I also supervised MPhil and Master theses at various institutions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Essays on Financial Fragility, Tilburg University

27 Aug 20077 Mar 2011

Award Date: 7 Mar 2011

MPhil, Cross Border Exposures of the Banking Systems, Tilburg University

21 Aug 200627 Aug 2007

Award Date: 27 Aug 2007

Master, MBA (Finance), Institute of Business Management, Karachi

24 Aug 199828 Aug 2000

Award Date: 28 Aug 2000

Master, MSc (Economics), University of Karachi

30 Dec 199629 Dec 1997

Award Date: 29 Dec 1997

Bachelor, BSc (Honors)

27 Dec 199327 Dec 1996

Award Date: 27 Dec 1996


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